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GP Week : Issue 110
Last year, andrea Iannone showed a gift for runaway wins. the Italian did the same thing at Jerez, although it had taken him until half distance to do so, after finishing the first lap eighth. With the rain heavier for the second race, it was Briton Bradley Smith (Tech 3) away first, with Iannone’s Speed Master Suter down in eighth. Simon Corsi (Ioda FTR) took over up front for the next four laps, and then Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Suter) until half distance. But by then Iannone had picked his way through and was up to second, and had closed right down on Luthi, leaving Corsi and Smith more than four seconds adrift. Their erstwhile companion Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Moriwaki) had by then crashed out. The lead changed hands down the front straight for the 14th time, as Luthi missed agearontherunoutofthe hairpin. And the issue was resolved. Iannone steadily drew away to win by almost eight seconds; Luthi opted for safety and finished alone; Corsi was another five seconds down in third. Pole qualifier Helmut Bradl (Viessman Kalex) had dropped back in the early laps, only to move forward once more in the later part of the race. By lap 16 he had caught Smith, and two laps later was ahead. The Briton didn’t give up, and with two laps to go, when Bradl touched a white line onto the back straight and had a wobble, he was ready to take advantage, holding on to fourth to the flag. Julian Simon (Mapfre Suter) was a lonely sixth; Alex de Angelis (JIR Motobi) an amazing seventh, through from 32nd place on lap four after taking a ride-through penalty for a jumped start. The highest-profile of several crash victims was Marc Marquez (Catalunya Repsol Suter), through up to fifth on lap ten when his last victim, Jules Cluzel (Forward Suter) touched a white line under braking and skittled the Spaniard and himself. Iannone took over the title lead by nine points from Bradl, Luthi, Corsi and de Angelis. Moto2: Iannone does it again MOTOGP JEREZ >> 29